Business Technology Optimization

Most wanted B2B tech in 2016

2015 was all about containers, bad security and people not bothering with wearable tech. What’s in store for 2016?

Here's the list of tech that offices won't want to be without next year:


Last year we had the likes of Heartbleed and Shell Shock. This year we’ve seen mega breaches happening on an alarmingly regular basis. Security is such a boring IT topic. Please sort it out people.

Graphene and other cool materials

We’re still waiting on the Graphene revolution. However people are starting to find practical uses for the atom-thick sheets of carbon, and production is slowly becoming more practical at scale. Maybe 2016 will be the year we start to see it really take off, or be quickly replaced by some other wonder material.

Sky high valuations

Becoming a Unicorn is so 2013. Anybody who’s anybody is at least a Decacorn these days. Expect more high valuations for companies without a business plan, mega-mergers and splits from the incumbents, and possibly an implosion of the technology industry if the bubble bursts. Will we see the death of some unicorns? Possibly.


Will the FAA allow Beyond Line of Sight in 2016? If so, prepare to see companies such as Amazon and Google take to the skies, and farms full of Chinese cropdusting UAVs. If the FAA says no, expect mini-delivery robocars from the likes of Starship technologies and DHL to take off.

Being green

Prince Charles basically said climate change causes terrorism. You don’t want to be responsible for terrorism, do you? Companies are pouring money into eco-friendly data centers and better recycling, and if you don’t have your green credentials expect to have Greenpeace nagging you until you change your evil polluting ways.

AI & machine learning

You can now put machine learning into just about anything. If IBM own a computer that can write its own cookbook, why are you still employing Dave in accounting or outsourcing crap jobs to some far off land? Teach a computer how to do it for half the cost.


If you’re not putting the Internet of Things into your sales pitch in 2016, you’re not doing it right. You’ve only just got over Cloudwashing, prepare Thingwashing for the foreseeable.


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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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